Bobongi faces judgment

THE fate of the former Central Bank officer Philip Bobongi will be decided soon. The prosecution and the defence counsel have already presented their closing submissions on Monday before Justice Leonard Maina. Bobongi was accused of stealing more than $1.7 million of the bank’s muted notes. No specific date has been fixed for Bobongi’s judgment…

High Court on vacation

The High Court is currently on a two-week vacation. This means that its registry office will open only for an hour in the mornings from 9am to 10am and in the afternoon from 1pm to 2pm. A notice was pinned up at the entry of the High Court registry office informing the public of the…

$50k robber suspects in custody

TWO men have been remanded in custody for the alleged armed robbery of more than $50,000 in front of the Westpac Bank, Honiara in June this year. Michael Auga, 20, has been remanded in custody on Monday while a remand application was made for Eddie Egeta, 23, on Tuesday in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. They…

Haomae election claims unconfirmed

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies media reports that two Solomon Islands diplomats have resigned to contest in the upcoming National General Elections. But a Ministry senior executive did confirm the Solomon Islands Ambassador to Taiwan, Laurie Chan, had indeed resigned to contest the elections. He however said he has not heard nor seen any…

$89,126.56 forfeited to state

THE High Court has ordered the forfeiture of more than $80,000 of detained currencies that a New Caledonian couple failed to declare upon their entry into the country early this year. Prosecution has successfully lodged the application to the High Court seeking forfeiture of the detained money to the State. Justice James Apaniai having satisfied…

PAP sees result of ANU research as a push

The People’s Alliance Party says it sees the result of an Australian National University research as a push for its women members who aspire to contest the 2014 Solomon Islands National Elections later this year. ANU’s researcher Terrance Wood has said his research has found it is unlikely women candidates contesting the Elections will be…

Uni students told to remain calm

Solomon Islands government sponsored students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala campus, Fiji have been reminded to stay calm in light of the election today in Fiji. Reports reaching this paper revealed that local students are being told to remain at their respective halls or homes today while the election process…

Taiwanese youths visit sick children

The visiting Taiwanese youth ambassador as part of their last day in the country visited thechildrens ward at the National Referral Hospital. The visitation was part of their program and to share their last hours with the young sick patients by presenting them with small gifts. Before  kicking off their visit, the youths were briefed…